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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014


Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Announced

Cliffski's Blog officially announces Gratuitous Space Battles 2, offering these screenshots from the sequel to Positech's space strategy game. He discusses his passion for the project and the reasons he hasn't embarked on a sequel already, before providing the following preliminary details:

GSB2 is a continuation of my fantasy of making this come to life. There are various questions answered on the placeholder website here, but let me summarize. GSB2 will be bigger, bolder, better and have more cool effects than you can shake a laser gun at. It will have a truly gratuitous user-interface. it will lovingly embrace the possibilities of twin 2560 res monitors. It will have a super-cool feature I haven’t announced yet. It will be a PC-first game, pure and simple, and it will be in your hands either late 2014 or early 2015. And you can play it in London at the Eurogamer Expo in September. If you are press and looking for presskit logos etc, clicky here.

Videos to come in due course. You are going to *really* like the videos.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition, coinciding with a 75% off sale on the aerial combat game. Here's the call they're putting out for pilots:

Play Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. You can also pickup Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition at 75% off the regular price!*

Save 75% on Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Developed by the Project Aces team, ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON intensifies the franchise, escalating combat to the next level with aircraft that are literally torn apart, spewing oil and debris across the sky. Players will engage in combat across the globe, dodging skyscrapers, and turning their enemies into fiery supersonic debris in both single player and online multiplayer. Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.

Jagex Free Weekend

Steam News announces two Jagex games are playable for free this weekend, offering open access to both Ace of Spades: Battle Builder and Carnage Racing until 4:00 pm EST on Sunday. For those who find their boats being floated, each game is also currently on sale. Here's the deal:

Check out Ace of Spades: Battle Builder and Carnage Racing for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. You can also pickup Ace of Spades: Battle Builder and Carnage Racing at up to 80% off the regular price!*

If you already have Steam installed, click here to install and play Ace of Spades: Battle Builder or click here to install and play Carnage Racing until Sunday at 1PM Pacific.

Ships Ahoy - Gods Will Be Watching

Steam News has word that Gods Will Be Watching is now available, offering a point-and-click adventure for Windows, Linux, and OS X that developer Deconstructeam calls "brutal." This launch trailer celebrates the news, and here's a bit more on the game: "Gods Will Be Watching is a minimalistic 'point and click thriller' centered on despair, commitment, and sacrifice as players face intriguing puzzles and tough decisions that will affect their entire crew’s wellbeing." Continue here to read the full story.

Son of Nor Early Access

Son of Nor is now available for Early Access on Steam (you can tell because he has Nor's eyes), offering a first crack at this first-person action/adventure that features telekenesis and terraforming. The news is celebrated by this trailer and the 10% preorder bonus this currently carries. Here's word on how this works:

Son of Nor’s dynamic game world features novel game mechanics like terraforming and telekinesis, which can be combined by the player. This unique ability to combine features allows players a new level of creativity in their actions. As players experience the world of Noshrac in Early Access, they will gain access to 14 levels of fully functional gameplay. The final launch will support various gadgets, including the Tobii eye tracker and Oculus. Multi-player (4 person) and local co-op (2 person) via split screen are also supported.

In Son of Nor, a new level of technical achievement has been reached with its sophisticated terraforming game mechanic. Developed by Mautner, a Physics graduate, the algorithm powers the simulation of sand flow and interacts with physical objects in a natural way. In this dynamic game world, one can manipulate sand, move and throw objects, tear out rocks from canyon walls and even pick up enemies to place them where they wish.

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Patched

Stardock offers a new patch for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes to update their fantasy-themed strategy game to version 1.7, saying this is "arguably the biggest patch" in the game's history. The patch is automatically available through Steam, where they have word that "version 1.7 improves CPU-controlled factions’ strategic acumen as well as introducing class-specific items for all five unique hero types, like Commander-only banners that boost the entire army’s capabilities." Here's more:

Among other things, patch 1.7 includes:

  • Class-specific items - Commanders lead better than ever with unique banners, mages command the elements with new staves, and more
  • Significant AI improvements - AI rivals now develop their empires more effectively, for example through upgrading their outposts
  • Balancing across the board - Unrest modifiers have been tweaked to make sprawling empires less overwhelmingly powerful, and many unit and item stats have changed
  • Revamped army-strength logic - The method used for calculating army strength has been completely reworked, making evaluating threats easier for human and AI players alike
  • Much more – see full patch notes here: http://forums.elementalgame.com/456046/

Pulstar Adds Linux Support

A Steam community announcement has word that the first update for Pulstar is now live, which adds Linux support to the arcade shoot-em-up and along with tweaks and fixes. Here's word on the patch, which is also available through The Humble Store:

  • ADDED LINUX SUPPORT (YEAH)
  • multiplayer has been tweaked, making it a lot harder than before
  • fixed the multiplayer achievement issues
  • +10 point value pick up now increases with the correct amount (corresponding with the one as told in the "how to play" screen)
  • fixed text spacing in GUI
  • added right button on the controller as an extra button to enable Pulsetime.

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Wargame Red Dragon Celebrates 1M Copies with Free DLC

Eugen Systems proudly announces that Wargame Red Dragon has now sold over one million copies since the release of the real-time strategy sequel in 2012. They celebrate their millionth sale with a free DLC pack appropriately named The Millionth Mile. The name goes unexplained (a million miles is more than two roundtrips to the moon), but they do go into detail about what it includes:

Focusing on the Eastern Bloc coalition, The Millionth Mile features more than 60 new units for Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East-Germany, bringing them into the 90's and on an equal footing with Red Dragon's main nations. The entire range of units are represented in the DLC: infantry, tanks, planes, troop transports, and of course helicopters.

But The Millionth Mile also introduces a brand new kind of unit, in the form of an AShM (anti-ship missile!) truck carrier. These units, whose main function is to engage ships over long distances from the land, increase the tactical depth of the game while redefining Wargame's naval warfare!

Wargame Red Dragon players will find their game has been automatically updated with the DLC The Millionth Mile next time they launch the game. Reinforcements have arrived, the battle continues!

Trials Fusion Celebrates 1M Copies with Free DLC

In a story oddly reminiscent of the one above, Ubisoft announces that Trials Fusion has now sold more than one million units worldwide since its launch in April. This news is also being celebrated with free content, here's word on what's been added to the motorcycle racing game:

Since launch, RedLynx has continuously added new content to Trials Fusion and today a new title update is available. Included in this update are improvements to Tournaments, Track Central and the Track Editor, as well as the ability for track builders to create custom Supercross tracks for Local Multiplayer mode. Track builders can now throw down four lanes of motorcross madness in the editor and then challenge friends for the fastest time.

To celebrate the fixes and new updates, an extra-large selection of some of the best custom tracks created by the Trials community is now available. 15 incredible custom creations from players are accessible on all platforms through the Uplay Recommended feed in Track Central.

Titanfall Update to Add Marketplace, Not Microtransactions

The Titanfall website has details on a new update coming to the mech shooter to add a Black Market to sell in-game items such as packs of random Burn Cards and Titan Insignias. Respawn tortures gamers with a lengthy explanation of the plan before adding a note that this is all based on in-game currency, and does not mean they are adding microtransactions. "With the introduction of an in-game currency, some may worry that the next step is that we will let players spend real-world money to get an edge in the game," explains designer David Shaver. "We have stated several times that Titanfall will not have micro-transactions. Fear not, for we plan to keep that promise - NO MICROTRANSACTIONS! The only way to get Credits is by playing the game!" There's no word at this time when this update will go live.

Unreal Engine 4 Livestream Today

Unreal Engine website has details on the release of a Matinee Fight Scene cinematic demo that's now available for Unreal Engine 4 subscribers, offering a PC version of a scene from Epic's Rivalry demo for Android L. Word is: "For developers, this means you can now download all of that PC content for free from Marketplace if you’re an active UE4 subscriber. You can examine how the characters are created, take the cinematic apart and re-edit it, adjust the pace of the action, shoot it with your own cameras, the list goes on! Basically, you’re free to dissect everything here and just have fun with it." This will all be discussed further during a Twitch livestream that will get underway at 2:00 pm EDT today.

2K's BioShock Tease?

2K United Kingdom tweets an image of a poster for Eve's Garden from BioShock, unashamedly teasing us with the following caption: "Oooo, what COULD this mean?!" The folks at Videogamer.com decided to ask them just that, but they report that 2K declined to honor their request for further comment.

GOG.com Linux Support Launches

GOG.com announces their promised Linux support is now live, and that their DRM-free marketplace now boasts over 50 titles to support the open source operating system, noting that some of these are debuts of titles not previously available for Linux, including FlatOut, Flatout 2, Darklands, and Realms of the Haunting. They originally planned to launch later this year with 100+ launch titles, but things were going so smoothly, they pushed up the schedule. Here's why:

We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It's not about them, after all, it's about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

Trine Enchanted Edition

Frozenbyte is now offering the Windows edition of Trine Enchanted Edition, an updated version of Trine using the Trine 2 engine that's being offered for free to owners of the original edition of the platformer, adding new features including online multiplayer and mid-level saves. This is already available on Steam (80% off) and should appear at some point today on GOG.com and The Humble Store, and the OS X and Linux editions are to follow "shortly" (they also say Wii U and PS4 editions are due later this year). The Frozenbyte website has more on the Enhanced Edition along with a trailer showing it off. Here's word:

Trine Enchanted Edition is a beautiful fantasy action platformer with a fairytale-like atmosphere, following the journey of three heroes – a Wizard, a Knight and a Thief – in a quest to save the kingdom from evil. The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics – each character's different abilities and tactics can be used to invent new ways to battle an army of undead and overcome obstacles, and restore the balance of the world.

Continue here to read the full story.

Tropico 5 Gets Cheesy DLC

Kalypso Media announces the release of new The Big Cheese DLC for Tropico 5 as well as a new patch to update the island dictator sequel to version 1.04. Among other things, the new patch adds the ability to save and resume multiplayer games (a feature which is still in beta) along with bug fixes and other changes. The full change list is available here. As for the DLC, it adds a new Creamery building and a scenario involving the launch of an artisan cheese brand. The DLC is available through the Kalypso Launcher and Steam, and they note that this is free for those who preordered the game through Steam as a bonus. Here's more on the DLC:

Do you know El Presidente’s only weakness? His penchant for a good, ripe cheese of course! While his exclusively imported French speciality cheese may bring some short lived satisfaction, El Presidente wants more! So he’s decided to open his very own artisan cheese factory in the first DLC pack for the hugely popular Tropico 5. ‘The Big Cheese’ DLC, available today, challenges players to create and promote an artisan cheese brand by introducing a new production chain with the Creamery: a new building that enables you to make the most of Tropico’s local goats and llamas. Face international competition in an epic quest to create the best cheese in the world and put on the chef’s hat! This add-on includes an all-new sandbox map and task, a standalone scenario including additional voiceovers, building, avatar accessory and music track!

Steamships Ahoy - Machines At War 3

Machines At War 3 is now available on Steam, and Isotope 244's real-time strategy sequel is carrying a 15% discount for this first week of release. Here's an outline of what this offers:

In 21 real time strategy missions you'll race across the world to find out who, or what, is responsible for the team's disappearance. You'll battle with over 130 different types of RTS units ranging from infantry and ships to giant modern mega units.

After honing your skills in the campaign, fire up a random map and experience insane 5,000 unit real time strategy battles! Choose your nation and test your mettle in online multiplayer or conquer some AI opponents offline. Many adjustable options ensure every game is unique. Want to play with only ground units? Make the victory condition the death of a specific unit? The options are limitless in this real time strategy game!

Gear Up Early Access

Doctor Entertainment announces that the beta version of their Gear Up is now available on Steam for Windows, OS X, and Linux as an Early Access release, offering a chance to get in on this multiplayer game featuring customizable tanks. They offer a new beta trailer showing off the game and how they feel it lives up to the quality expected of AAA titles. They also outline plans to tweak pricing of the premium versions of the free-to-play game upwards a couple of times before its full release, but say the game will not include microtransactions. Here's word on the game: "Become Master of vehicle customization as you adapt your tank to shifting enemies and conquer varied online arenas! Gear Up is a multiplayer game about building customized tanks and battling online opponents in deathmatch, team deathmatch and conquest. Available on Steam Early Access with full release planned for late 2014." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Today kicks off the annual San Diego International Comic-Con. I am not in attendance, but I am writing this update while dressed as Wonder Woman. This isn't really cosplay... sometimes a guy just likes to feel pretty.

Pretty Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Zombie Riot.
Spring Ninja.
3D Flight Sim- Rings.
Link: The Best Toys Revealed At Comic-Con. Don't think I'm not getting a Batman cowl.
Story: Beetles Kill George Harrison Memorial Tree.
Science: Mysterious orbits of dwarf galaxies found all over the nearby Universe.
Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution.
Entering Gray Area, Study Says Dogs Can Be Green With Envy. True. Thanks j.c.f.
Media: If Action Movies Were Even Remotely Real. NSFW.
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Humans Are Too Stupid For Aliens.
A Demonstration Of How Gravity Actually Works. No Bullocks.
Follow-up: Researchers identify possible glitch in Antarctic ice measurements.

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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection Free for All

A week after announcing they were ending support for The Sims 2 and upgrading all those who registered the game on Origin to the Ultimate Collection edition of the lifestyle simulation, EA announces they have opened this process up further, and are offering a free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to all Origin users. Here's how this works:

Because you’re a passionate The Sims 2 player, we’re making The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection available free of charge to download to your Origin library. To add the game, just follow these steps:

  1. Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
  2. Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account to get in the game.
  3. Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
  4. From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code
    I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

If you’re already an Origin member, you can also redeem your code online. Just visit the Origin code redemption page and log in to your Origin Account. Then enter I-LOVE-THE-SIMS in the ‘Product Code’ field.

Log into Origin and download and play the game any time you want .

Thanks for being a passionate The Sims fan, and enjoy your copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

This code will available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT.

Boss Key Staffs Up

Boss Key Productions, the startup developer founded by Cliff Bleszinski, announces several new hires as they staff up to develop Blue Streak, the company's upcoming debut game. Veterans from Epic Games, Red Storm, Neversoft Entertainment, and Irrational Games comprise the new staff. CVG has all the details, and here's the part outlining the new additions:

Chris Mielke (Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Far Cry 4, The Division) will fill the role of senior producer. Chris Wells (the Gears of War trilogy, Fortnite) is the new senior character artist, while fellow former Epic Games man Joshua Parker is Boss Key's new senior gameplay programmer.

Shane Smith (Grand Theft Auto V, Bioshock Infinite) is the IT director, David Rose (Guitar Hero 5 and 6, and Call of Duty: Ghosts) is the so-called 'UI Ninja', Ryan Palser (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Ghosts) is the senior animator, James Hawkins (Gears of War Trilogy, Unreal Tournament 3) is senior concept artist, and Sarah Asby (Gears of War Trilogy, Unreal Tournament 3) is the exec assistant.

More ArcheAge Beta Testing Next Week

Trion Worlds announces the first beta weekend for ArcheAge was a "great success" as they unveil plans for the next round of testing for XLGames' MMORPG. The next event is called "Setting Sail," which sets sail on Wednesday July 30th and will run until August 4th, and they say this will be around three times bigger than the first beta. This blog post offers details on the concluded beta and the upcoming event. They say invites are going out to some of those who have signed up on their website and members of their founder's program and they are also holding a Beta Raise Your Sails Contest to offer access to three winners.

Risen 3 Goes Back to Piranha Bytes' Roots

German developer Piranha Bytes says they are going back to their roots with Risen 3: Titan Lords, their RPG sequel that's due on August 15th, saying this includes many elements they are known for from previous Risen and Gothic games. They offer a new Back to The Roots trailer to support this, which they describe like so: "The diverse landscapes are handcrafted and full of life, providing the player with the same authentic, classic experience that epitomized the Gothic series as well as the original Risen. In their "Back to the Roots" video feature, Piranha Bytes and Deep Silver take the player to the various locations of Risen 3: Titan Lords and show how favorite elements of the previous Piranha Bytes games are coming back." Continue here to read the full story.

Retail Omerta - City of Gangsters Gold Edition Next Month

Kalypso Media announces plans for Omerta - City of Gangsters Gold Edition, a boxed retail edition of the Windows crime game. This should appear in stores on August 12th for $19.99, and those especially eager to be made can preorder through Amazon.com. Word is this will include the Japanese Incentive as an incentive: "This edition includes the main game Omerta - City of Gangsters, as well as all previously released DLC and the major expansion ‘The Japanese Incentive’. With over 100 hours of content and a whole city to subject to your latest law-breaking initiative, Omerta – City of Gangsters Gold Edition is the ultimate way to experience being a shady overlord of a criminal empire."

Interloper Announced

Independent Dutch developer Monogon Games announces Interloper, an upcoming real-time strategy game featuring a number of tribes vying for control over a "lush, newly discovered world." The Interloper website is live with an announcement trailer which may or may not help understand this better. The plan is to release this for Windows, OS X, and Linux, though a release date is not specified at this point. Here's a rundown on the game:

In the Interloper universe a peaceful, densely vegetated land turns into a volatile battlefield of territorial tug-of-war. Claiming domain provides strategic advantages for the power hungry tribes. Challenge other players in competitive online multiplayer matches to spread your tribe’s influence.

Features:

  • Gameplay focused on spatial tactics.
  • Competitive online multiplayer matches.
  • Extensive single-player campaign.
  • AI with various difficulty and behavior settings.
  • Unique visual style and dynamic soundtrack based on your tribe.

Assassin's Creed Toy Includes Unity Unlock

The UbiBlog has details on a new Assassin's Creed Phantom Blade toy in the works at McFarlane Toys as a working (though hopefully non-lethal) recreation of the iconic weapon from the stealth/action series. They are already available for preorder for $59.99 and it looks like the release is expected on October 28th, simultaneous with the release of Assassin's Creed Unity. The purchase includes a code to also unlock an exclusive French cavalry pistol in Unity. They offer a new Assassin's Creed Unity Meets Parkour in Real Life video in 4K resolution which includes a look at the blade toy in action as well as footage of soldiers and assassins doing some wheel-free skitching on busses just like they did during the French Revolution. Continue here to read the full story.

New Company of Heroes 2 Commanders

Steam News announces the release of six new commanders for Company of Heroes 2, the World War II RTS sequel. There are three new US commanders and three new German commanders, and for the next week they are all being offered for 25% off.

Steam Controller Redesigned?

SteamDB tweets an image of a redesigned Steam Controller that now sports what looks like an analog thumbstick, another step away from the less conventional designs Valve began with. According to PC Gamer, the image is included in the latest beta Steam client for some reason.

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VG247 - 8 things PC gamers are always wrong about.
They are so off on the first two it makes you think number three has to be true too.

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Link of the Day: 'Galaxy Quest'- The Oral History. By Grabthar’s Hammer, I do so love that movie.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris in December

Square Enix has revealed a December 9th release date for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the upcoming sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, the co-op spin-off of the Tomb Raider series. This date applies to the Windows and consoles editions, as noted on IGN, where they also point to a new feature based on hands-on time playing the game with Crystal Dynamics executive producer Scott Amos that they show off in three new videos.

The Walking Dead Season Two: Amid the Ruins Released

Telltale Games announces the release of Amid the Ruins, the fourth episode in Season Two of The Walking Dead, their episodic zombie game. This trailer sets the stage for the new chapter, saying: "Free of their brutal captor, the group resumes their journey north. But hunger, violence and death have taken their toll. Simmering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within, as well as without; she must choose her allies carefully in this penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2." Continue here to read the full story.

Areal Fundraising Resumes In-House

The Facebook page for Areal explains that the Areal website has resumed fundraising for West Games' proposed S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-inspired first-person shooter after their Kickstarter was suspended. In discussing the suspension, they say they got no warning, and continue to make their case that much of the criticism of their project is disinformation from a "lot of companies that make their livelihood on STALKER." They also follow their odd claim of support from Russian President Vladimir Putin by saying some of the problems they've met with stem from hostility from Russian Kickstarter campaigns as part of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Here's word:

Our Kickstarter was suspended without any warning. As per Kickstarter's policy, we cannot contact them to find out why. Areal is the spiritual successor to STALKER, in terms of our vision for it and in terms of the team that we have (which includes Alexey Sytyanov, the lead game designer and screenwriter for STALKER). You can find out more about us and our team on our website: http://areal.west-games.com/ 

From the very beginning, we showed what we have accomplished, and showed the atmosphere for what we want to accomplish (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTMtpViPhhc&list=UU7j5-kx3Mk4rtG6q_SfsOYQ).

The fact is that there are a lot of companies that make their livelihood on STALKER, so when we showed up on the scene, they saw us as a threat and did everything that they could to stop us.

People also need to take into account that Ukrainians and Russians are in an information war right now, and as a Ukrainian developer, we were subject to constant hostility from Russian Kickstarter accounts (we even got death threats). There are over 16,000 comments on our Kickstarter, which is unprecedented for the amount of supporters that we have, and a lot of our comments are hate filled. Some sites, in light of this, chose to report based on sources from direct competitors or from the myriad of comments based on lies. Others chose a neutral ground, because of the confusing situation around us, and still others wrote positively about us. All in all, more than a 1,000 news results come up when you type in "Areal Kickstarter" on Google.

Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - Halfway

The Robotality website announces the release of Halfway, a strategic turn-based RPG set aboard an invaded spaceship where a crew of survivors look to regain control. The game is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux on the Humble Store and Steam for 10% off, and they say the release of the game will be followed by the tools used to create the game to allow players to create their own missions. Also, the first patch for the game is already available, updating it to version 1.0.1 to address issues that could cause the game to crash. Details are in this change log. Here's a feature list for the game:

  • Tactical turn-based battles are at the core of Halfway. Use cover, position, equipment and skills to your advantage in your battles.
  • Unique characters: Your team is formed of unique characters you pick up along the way. Each one of them brings their own story, skills and experiences to the journey.
  • Find yourself in the middle of an engrossing story-line. Step by step you’ll uncover the mysterious events that took place and what it means for you and all of humanity.
  • Mod support coming soon! Map and campaign editor soon to be released.

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Polygon - No skin thick enough- The daily harassment of women in the game industry.
The problem with sharing these stories in broad terms is that people think men and women receive the same harassment online. They do not. I’m not writing this piece to evoke your sympathy. I’m writing to share with you what prominent, successful women in the industry experience, in their own words.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Game Names Are Almost Universally Terrible.
Seriously it’s not that hard why are you all so bad at this aauuugh.

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Out of the Blue

I had to deal with a few different support issues yesterday, and in one day got bombarded with more music on hold than any man should be subjected to. I also then got bombarded with follow-ups from Verizon, who robo-called six times in a row, once to confirm each detail I had changed about my account. I'm actually not complaining, I'd much rather err on the side of caution with account security, but it sure got comical after a while.

R.I.P.: Former Dallas Cowboys FB Robert Newhouse dies at 64, son says.

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